Advocates Professional Golf Association Tour Coming to St. Louis
Ascension Classic presented by Daugherty Business Solutions promotes inclusivity and diversity through new 36-hole professional tournament to take place at Glen Echo Country Club during the Ascension Charity Classic
ST. LOUIS (Feb. 25, 2022) – Ascension and the Advocates Professional Golf Association (APGA) Tour, in association with the Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson, have formed a three-year agreement to host a new professional golf tournament in St. Louis. The APGA Tour St. Louis – Ascension Classic presented by Daugherty Business Solutions will debut Sept. 8-9, 2022, at Glen Echo Country Club in North St. Louis County.
This announcement comes just six months after the final putt dropped at the inaugural Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson, an official PGA TOUR Champions event that has raised more than $1 million for St. Louis charities since its inception and drew record crowds in its first tournament.
"Based on the overwhelming success of the inaugural Ascension Charity Classic, we knew that St. Louis golf fans and the corporate community would support more professional golf in North St. Louis County," said Nick Ragone, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Ascension. "The APGA Tour's mission is to bring greater diversity and inclusion to the game by helping African American and other underrepresented golfers to prepare for highly competitive careers in golf. We couldn't be more supportive of that mission and are thrilled this event will complement the action taking place at the second Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson at Norwood Hills Country Club the same week."
The region's newest sporting event will include practice rounds on Tuesday, Sept. 6, and Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Glen Echo, as well as a pro-am on Wednesday at the East Course at nearby Norwood Hills. General admission for the 36-hole stroke-play competition (Sept. 8-9) of this stand-alone APGA Tour event is free to the public and will provide area golf fans with another opportunity to enjoy thrilling tee-to-green action in St. Louis.